What To Consider Before Selling Your Home

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If you are planning on selling your property at any point in the next year or two, you should probably start thinking about maximizing its potential value. There are a lot of different factors that will affect the value of your home. Many people will assume that they will see an increase in the value compared to when they bought the home because that is the way that the housing market works. While in simplistic terms, house prices are often on the rise, it may not always be the case that the value of all houses increases. 


There may have been some changes in the area that you live that has had an effect on the value of properties. This could go either way. For example, the building of a major road could increase the value of a home because it puts you closer to a new commuter route making more areas within better reach. However, there could be a negative effect if pollution and noise levels have risen to make the area less desirable to live. The care and attention that you put into your home are also significant too. If you have maintained it well and even modernized as needed, then you shouldn’t need to worry too much about falling into negative equity. However, if the house has not aged well then you should be concerned that the value may have dropped. 


Get An Early Valuation


Getting your home valued in its existing state will give you a good baseline to see whether you need to be investing time and money into carrying out any works to your property. It is also worth considering what neighboring properties go for and comparing properties in different conditions, and those that have had extensions, conservatories, or loft and basement conversions carried out. 


Adding Value To Your Property


There are many ways that you can add value to your home. The work that you carry out will depend on how much you need to increase the value. You should make sure that anything that you spend on getting the value up gets factored into the value of the home. There is no point spending thousands on doing something to the home that only adds the exact same amount on in value. You need to be able to recoup the lost equity and pay for the works within the sale price. 


A few areas that you could look at might be improving the curb appeal of your home. Look at getting New Life Rockeries to renovate your garden, or have the entire exterior of the property painted. 


Modernizing is often helpful. By rewiring an older property and fitting new fuse boxes and sockets, you will be bringing the home into the 2020s. Installing an eco-efficient heating system will also entice buyers, as would installing a new bathroom or kitchen suite. 


You may be able to make large increases in the value by adding living space to the home, having your garage, loft, or basement converted might prove to be the most cost-effective option here.

5 Great Ways To Get Ready For A Big Move

So you’ve finally got the house of your dreams, and you’re starting to get the house ready for the big moving day. Moving home can be stressful, whether you only have to organize yourself, or you have kids, a spouse, and wayward pets to coordinate. Whatever your situation, we have five top tips to make your house move a happy one.


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Start Planning As Soon As You Can

The earlier you start planning for the move, the less stress you will hopefully encounter. When securing the house, it’s understandable that you can get so caught up in the house buying process, you forget or don’t have time for getting everything packed up and ready to go. Start by writing down all the things you’ll need to prepare, from buying boxes to looking at where you’re going to store your furniture. Once you’ve got a full break down of all your items, start knocking off the things you can do, like deciding whether you’re going to hire a van on the day or put your items into storage.


Get Organized With Your Packing

Start by considering a variety of supplies for Self Storage, from cardboard to plastic boxes and a range of sizes depending on what you need to pack. It’s tempting to put off packing, but there are bound to be items you don’t need until a few months after the move. Consider packing Summer clothes you don’t need if you’re moving in January or the Christmas tree you can put in a box if you’re moving mid-July. Make sure you label them all up with the room they’re going in, along with whether they’re essential. Consider how frazzled you may be on the day, and make it as easy as possible for your future self to handle.


Make Sure You Are Realistic About What Will Fit

If you’ve accumulated a lifetime’s worth of items and are downsizing, or simply won’t have space, consider this before you pack up the kitchen sink and try and fit it into your new place. It’s the perfect opportunity for a new start if you want to put a fresh spin on your new home, so consider items you can sell or give to Goodwill. Likewise for your furniture, you might end up with oversized or undersized items for your new home, and need a rethink before you try and fit your sofa up a flight of stairs or through a too-small entryway (cue Ross from Friends yelling Pivot). Visit your new home ahead of time to measure up everything so that you can get some furniture lined up for delivery.


Make A To-Do List For Addresses and People To Update

One of the first things everyone forgets to do during their house move is to update their account information. List everything from bank accounts, internet, contact lens orders, prescriptions, driving licenses, relatives to tell. Be kind to future you and remember that you’re going to be busy, and might need to be reminded of all the essential items you’ll forget as soon as you launch yourself into integrating into your new area. When you set up finance for new furniture, also remember that if you change the address on your bank account, it could cause a problem if you change address midway through a credit check, so wait until the payments are set up before updating everything.


Give People Jobs Or Distractions

Too many cooks can make a move too complicated, so think about things to keep any of your little ones occupied on the big day. Why not prepare some delicious snacks for you all ahead of time, like these pumpkin chocolate chip cookies? Even buy a chew toy or bone for your dog to distract them during the move. If you’ve got older children or can rope some people in to help, give them a clear job (like cleaning, moving boxes, or sourcing that essential first move takeaway) to avoid them loitering around wondering what to do on the move day.


Moving house is always going to cause a little bit of stress, but with these top tips, you can get ready ahead of the move day and make the process a little bit more streamlined. Whether you’ve got kids to occupy or furniture that’s just that bit too big for your front door, preparing ahead of time will make sure you’re not bombarded and can concentrate on settling in. Here’s to a happy house move this 2020.

Tips For Making Kids Happy in Their New Home

Anyone who’s seen Pixar’s outstanding movie Inside Out can tell you just how stressful moving home can be for kids of any age. Especially if the move takes them away from their support network of school, friends and extra curricular activities like sports and the arts. Everything may seem the same to you in your new home with similar amenities and attractions… but in the eyes of your child, you might as well have relocated to Mars. 


The unfortunate truth is that even if you’ve taken all the right steps to manage a smooth, predictable and (relatively) stress-free move, even if you used the best moving and storage companies and even if you’ve taken every possible care to minimize disruption, the truth is that the prospect of settling happily into their new home may seem impossible for your child. Especially if they’re already navigating those challenging teen or preteen years. 


Here are some ways to make it easier for your youngsters to settle down and enjoy life in their new home…


Accentuate the positives


There’s a lot to get excited about when it comes to moving home, even if the idea of starting afresh in a new town, city or state is daunting. It’s up to you to accentuate the positives and help them focus less on the negatives. Draw attention to the coolest things about your new house. Help them get excited about decorating their room however they want. Show them cool attractions that you know they’ll love like the local mall, movie theater or sports stadium. Help them to visualize a better, happier life for themselves and the whole family. 


Listen to them when they tell you about the negatives


Of course,hewing closely to the positives doesn’t mean that you should jam your fingers in your ears when they pipe up about the negatives. Listening is one of the most important skills a parent can have. If your child feels like their opinion is invalidated by a parent they are likely to view the move as an even more negative prospect. 


Let them vent about their anxieties and frustrations before telling them in a calm and measured way what you can do together to help them feel better about it. 


Make yourselves a part of your new community


The family as a whole will find the whole move much easier if you form close links with the greater community as soon as possible. Encourage your son or daughter to sign up for sports teams or acting classes or whatever else they love to do in their free time. Find a local church and help your child make friends among the other parishioners. Give them a nice busy schedule to help them to weave themselves into the fabric of their new community.


But don’t burn bridges your old community


Of course, that doesn’t mean that you should encourage your child to cut ties with their old friends. You should still encourage Skype chatting with their old friends and arrange visits and sleepovers if feasible.


While it may take a little while, eventually your child can come to realize that moving might just be the best thing that couldn have happened to them.

Taking The Stress Out Of Moving Home

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Moving to a new home can be a very stressful process. Not only do you have to choose the new place, but you also have to go through countless pieces of paperwork, battle the red tape which covers this market, and get all of the pieces together in time for the day of the move. When you add all of this up, it can be easy to find yourself struggling. Most people want to focus on the exciting side of their move, but the work which has to be done will often overtake the joy you feel. To help you out with this, this post will be exploring some of the work which can be done to ensure that your move is as smooth as possible.


Plan Ahead


Few things are worse than pulling up on the day of the move and finding that you are missing something you need to move forward. It can be all too easy to miss or forget about crucial elements of your move when you have a lot on your plate, but this can be disastrous when you’re in the middle of moving. To get around this, simply planning ahead is the best way to approach your move. You should have a good idea of how the whole thing will go, accounting for all of the little jobs which will have to be done to make your move a success.


The Right Mindset


A lot of people view moving home as a challenge, and will approach it with a mindset which makes it all too easy to find themselves stressing out over little things. You need to look at your move as something which will benefit you, with each of the tasks you have before you being a piece of the overall puzzle. By taking this approach, you can disconnect yourself from the stress you feel, making the whole experience a lot more pleasant without having to put yourself through hell. Of course, having people to help you with it all will help a lot with this side of things.


Finding Support


Like most of life’s biggest jobs, moving isn’t something which you ever have to do on your own. Instead, as long as you spend enough time looking for help, you should be able to find plenty of support for this process. Companies like On The Go Moving can help a lot with this, providing you with loads of advice, resources, and physical support which will make the process easier. Alongside this, having help with all of the paperwork you have to do will also remove much of the stress you’re feeling. Of course, though, you still have to make sure that all of the important parts of the process have been ironed out.


With all of this in mind, you should be feeling ready to take on the challenge of moving home without causing yourself loads of stress. A lot of people struggle with this, finding it hard to know what needs to be done when they are trying to move to a new place.